Know Thy Researcher

Conceiving an idea, pursuing its experimental validation, publication, ground trial and finally making it available to human kind takes a lot of paid and generous contributions of researchers. Individual efforts form the basis of any transformative scientific development and become crucial in the evolution of any field of study. It is therefore important to recognize researchers and their contributions. Approximately 1.5 million research papers were published in journals in 2010 alone. At an average of 3 authors per paper, excluding multiple papers per author, the lowest estimate of the number of unique researchers listed would be about 4.5 to 5 million per year. How does one recognize each author and their work? It is a cumbersome job for other researchers, employers and stakeholders to identify each researcher based on some of the current literature citation protocols and formats. Continue reading

Chlamy– A tiny, mighty alga…

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is the size of ten microns under a microscope, which is smaller than the diameter of a hair follicle, but this organism is a treasure trove of information relevant to plant evolution and human health (Chlamydomonas). Scientists working on it, often call it “Chlamy”. Chlamy is a unicellular, biflagellate green alga that thrives in fresh water ponds and lakes. The amazing ability of Chlamy to prepare its food by using light in the process of photosynthesis, and assimilate in the dark by utilizing available carbon sources in its medium, which make this tiny algae very special. This is the reason some people also call it Plan-imal (Plant + Animal). The photosynthesis is achieved by a single cup-shaped chloroplast. The photosynthetic apparatus is closely related to that of land plants, and its haploid genome during its vegetative phase leads to many important discoveries. Continue reading